Just a day ago, Florida Marlins all-world, no-hustle shortstop Hanley Ramirez was benched after he dogged it in the field the night before. He tried to run into the outfield to make a play on a short bloop, but couldn’t get there in time and then decided he liked soccer better.
The ball dropped and he Pele’ed one into the left-field corner. Sounds bad, right? Well it’s worse than that because he pulled a For Who, For What and lollygagged after the ball.
Well, today Hanley is singing a different tune. He says now that he will apologize to his Marlins teammates and his manager Fredi Gonzalez before Wednesday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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“I regret that this has gotten so ugly, it was not my intention to create a distraction,” Ramirez told ESPNDeportes.com.
Gonzalez told a Miami radio station earlier this morning that he “would be surprised” if Ramirez wasn’t in the lineup for Wednesday’s game. Guess it’s tough to bench a guy when they are so clearly your best position player.